This is conceptual art piece by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. They scattered yellow umbrellas along the California plains.  Why did they do this? To make the country look more beautiful? Perhaps. When it comes down to it though, there was no reason. It was art. It was making the world a more magical place.

This is one of my favourite TED lectures – it’s Charlie Todd talking about Improv Everywhere (well worth a watch, if you have a few minutes to spare). In this wonderful speech, Charlie divulges the humourous history of the group and their mischievous shenanigans, including the No Pants subway ride, the invasion of Best Buy and someone giving out high 5’s. All of the projects don’t have a reason. They aren’t there to make money. They just try to make people smile. And because dancing like an idiot is fantastic fun.
I’m fully aware that this is fictional, but it’s a profound example of going with how you feel in the moment. Pure and simple, running because ‘I just felt like running’. For me it’s got endless inspirepower. The picture I’m trying to paint is just because something doesn’t have an objective, doesn’t mean it’s not achieving anything. Some things are just out there to capture your imagination, or your heart, and you should let them. Don’t waste time with ‘why’. Just find something you just feel like doing, enjoy it, share it, bask in its sunshiney glow. You can figure out why later.


It’s nice that

My english teacher used to tell me off for saying ‘nice’. Apparently, it’s a word you use when you’re too lazy to think of a more inventive way of describing something, and should locked away in a proverbial closet with other indifferent words and phrases such as OK, and the infamous like.

But sometimes things are nice – they make your stomach feel all warm and cosy. It’s difficult to describe but you know what nice is when you experience it. It’s just nice.

Say Something Nice

This is something that is very nice. One of my favourite organisations in the world right now, doing what they do best: bringing the unexpected. In this case, providing a platform for New Yorkers in Times Square to say nice things to their fellow man. It’s very simple but so many great ideas are.

What an inspiring way to start your day. Kudos to Impro Everywhere for enabling those messages to be shared.

Honest and Smile

Speaking of messages, this sentimental idea is one from Honest and Smile. They sent out USB sticks around sunny Spain with the idea being: take something off of it, put something on, and leave it for someone else to find. The something could be anything, photos, a song, a picture, anything they wanted to share. It’s such a sweet way to connect people and share with each other.

Afterwards, all the stories were collected on the Honest and Smile Facebook page as everyone told the tale of how they found their USB stick and how it influenced their lives.

[via The Inspiration Room]

30 Gifts for 30 Strangers

This is my favourite of the bunch. This guy, Lucas Jatoba created one of the best Random Acts of Kindness projects I’ve ever seen. For his 30th birthday, he wrapped 30 presents and gave them to 30 strangers.


The best part if this is that it shows that you don’t need an exuberant amount of money or corporate sponsors to have a positive influence and brighten someone’s day. The guy’s a serial giver so there’s also this project as well…